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Old 04-03-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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I was in Pottstown, PA and the dirt there was red. What is the explanation behind that?
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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I was in Pottstown, PA and the dirt there was red. What is the explanation behind that?
Clay?
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:07 PM
 
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Sounds like clay dirt to me too
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:54 AM
 
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The red "dirt" may be from a mine fire. The gases from the coal burn in the surrounding porous rock.


Generally speaking the dirt here is regular dirtat least in my kneck of the woods.

http://www.undergroundminers.com/olyphantfire29.JPG

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Old 04-04-2014, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I always thought that red dirt was caused by high concentrations of iron in the soil.

When I hear red dirt; I think of the deep South. There you can travel many miles in red dirt territory.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:52 AM
 
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I always thought that red dirt was caused by high concentrations of iron in the soil.
Never really noticed but does the southeastern part of PA have red dirt?

It would certainly correlate with the coal fields, with anthracite coal there is "red ash" and "white ash". The red ash has a high iron content and comes from the southern anthracite field that is centered around the Pottsville area. The northern field is white ash and doesn't have the high iron content.

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Old 04-04-2014, 04:58 AM
 
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Actually, fish may be on the right track. Pottstown is in Montgomery County, which isn't NEPA. While there doesn't seem to be any evidence of coal mining there, it was a center for industry including iron and steel.

While it may be fair to say Pottstown has a lot of red soil, that doesn't exactly translate to the entire commonwealth. Coalman and I are in the same general vicinity and I don't have red soil, either.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:25 AM
 
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ANY dirt would be nice where I live.
We have glacial scree. The trees' roots basically cling to the side of the hill via leaf mold and pebbles.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:35 AM
 
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Never really noticed but does the southeastern part of PA have red dirt?

I don't recall any red soil - but I could be wrong? I just remember mile after mile of red soil down South.

Where we live there isn't enough soil - no matter what color! I agree with Gettingouttahere! Every Spring we grow a new crop of rocks!
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:36 AM
 
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I don't recall any red soil - but I could be wrong? I just remember mile after mile of red soil down South.

Where we live there isn't enough soil - no matter what color! I agree with Gettingouttahere! Every Spring we grow a new crop of rocks!
About 40 years ago, some enterprising person came up with idea of gluing a rock in a small box and selling it as a Pet Rock. And people actually bought the damn things. You don't have to be smart all your life - just 15 minutes worth.

Keeping in mind that Pottsville is coal country, Pottstown was more of an industrial town.

Georgia has long been known for its red clay soil. I know a woman who has a shirt that was dyed with Georgia clay - a very orangey-red color.
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